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Sunday, 26 April 2015 21:45 By Patrick Kagenda
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Dan Okello, the Lira Municipality UPC Chairman speaks at a press briefing as Okello Lucima UPC spokesperson (L) and Joseph Bossa UPC Vice president look on. INDEPENDENT/PATRICK KAGENGAAkena faces opposition from area UPC leaders

Hardly a fortnight after party President Olara Otunnu announced the UPC roadmap to 2016 that will see a new party president elected, jostling for position has intensified.

In Lango region, which is regarded as the cradle of UPC because its first party president; Milton Obote, hailed from there, his son Jimmy Akena is fighting for his political life. As part of his strategy, Akena who is the Lira Municipality MP, together with other MPs went on tour of the region which culminated with an announcement that he was the region’s chosen presidential candidate.

But the move appears not to have gone down well amongst other aspirants in the region and they have come out to oppose it.

Sunday, 19 April 2015 22:33 By Flavia Nassaka
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Samuel Walter Lubega, one time firebrand of the opposition Democratic Party youth wing; the Uganda Young Democrats (UYD) has declared his intention to contest the DP presidency. In the 2011 national elections he contested as an independent presidential candidate after falling out with the DP leadership of Norbert Mao. He spoke to The Independent’s Flavia Nassaka about his turns and twists.

In the run up to the 2011 general elections, you boycotted the Delegates’ Conference and also went ahead to compete with the flag bearer Norbert Mao. What exactly was behind this defiance?

Having been the chairman of DP Diaspora chapter, I came back to Uganda in 2009 with intentions to stand for presidency in 2011 but what I found in DP was very bad. There was a lot of scuffle and bickering. I had been in the UK and Ireland mobilising funds for the Delegates’ Conference in Namboole but back here, the then President Sebbana Kizito had decided to work as an individual. He ignored National Executive Committee (NEC) guidance and the executives were not sitting regularly something that was against the party constitution.

Sunday, 19 April 2015 22:02 By Patrick Kagenda
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Olara Otunnu (L) announcing the hand over Road map on April 9. Looking on is David Baliraine (C) and Gedion Twinomugisha Secretary General. INDEPENDENT/PATRICK KAGENDAUPC regional leaders want court injunction of party activities lifted

Outgoing UPC party president Olara Otunnu on April 9, let the cat out of the bag when he announced a road map that will lead the party to having a new party president come June this year.

Otunnu`s announcement came a week after the Buganda region UPC leaders meeting held at Uganda House added its voice to other regional party leaders giving an ultimatum to the group that had gone to court and secured a court injunction barring the party from carrying out any party activity.

Announcing the new development Otunnu said he had written to the Party National Chairman, Prof. Edward Kakonge, advising him to convene a session of the National Council (NC) of UPC to be held from June 10 to 11.

Sunday, 12 April 2015 21:42 By Patrick Kagenda
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Outgoing UPC president, Olara Otunnu, wants the different factions of the party to focus on ways of avoiding strangling the party instead of spreading misinformation.

Otunnu says he has offered an open door policy to the Akena group and others in a bid to discuss and have the party return to normalcy but they have instead chosen to spread false information.

“They have remained adamant thinking they are hurting Otunnu as an individual yet they are strangling the party,” he said.

Otunnu is facing criticism from his opponents over his recent meeting with UPC groups in Lango, Acholi, and the central region.

MP Jimmy Akena, who is among those a jostling to replace him at the helm of UPC, is reported to have accused Otunnu of holding illegal party meetings.

According to Akena and others, Otunnu is in breach of a court injunction that bars him as party president from conducting any party activity until it is lifted.

Otunnu denies holding illegal activities.

Sunday, 12 April 2015 21:38 By Flavia Nassaka
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As the country warms up for the 2016 elections, the Electoral Commission (EC) on April 01 released the revised roadmap for the 2016 elections after the initial one being released two years ago. The new roadmap which highlights nomination and election dates comes amidst demands for electoral reforms by members of the opposition and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).

According to the  roadmap, from April 07 to 30, there will be a general update of the voters’ register which will be carried out at all update stations in the various parishes. This is intended in addition to ruling out errors to register eligible voters who do not appear on the list and those who want to be transferred to other voting stations among others.

A statement signed by Joseph Biribonwa, the acting chairman of EC indicated that the body has already extracted information from the National Identification Register for purposes of compiling and updating the National Voters’ Register.  This is in line with the recently passed Registration of Persons law which provides for the mandatory registration of citizens of Uganda, the establishment of a national Identification Register and a National Registration and Identification Authority.

However, Mathias Nsubuga, the Secretary General of the Democratic Party (DP) called the release of a revised roadmap unreasonable saying that it would be wastage of resources in an event that some of the highlighted events are deemed void by the reforms. Like Nsubuga, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC)’s John Kikinyogo holds a feeling that the roadmap will not change anything especially with the reforms being postponed every time and again. “May be that roadmap is meant to guide the NRM. For us, without reforms we won’t go to the polls so having a plan is unnecessary”.


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